Number of Quits at All-time High in November 2021

In November 2021, the number of total separations increased to 6.3 million, up 382,000 from the previous month. Total separations increased in accommodation and food services but decreased in federal government. The number of quits increased 370,000 over the month to 4.5 million, the highest level ever recorded since these data were first produced in December 2000.

Quits numbered 3.5 million in November 2019 and 3.3 million in November 2020. In November 2021, quits increased in several industries, with the largest increases in accommodation and food services; health care and social assistance; and transportation, warehousing, and utilities.

In November, the number of layoffs and discharges was little changed at 1.4 million. Layoffs and discharges decreased in federal government.

The number of other separations was little changed at 377,000.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 2021.” Also see charts featuring data on job openings, hires, and separations. Total separations is the sum of quits, layoffs and discharges, and other separations. Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Therefore, the quits rate can serve as a measure of workers’ willingness or ability to leave jobs. Layoffs and discharges are involuntary separations initiated by the employer. Other separations includes separations due to retirement, death, disability, and transfers to other locations of the same firm.